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Jayhawks Focused on Michigan State in Champions Classic

Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.

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Lots of good college basketball on tonight, so the gamethread for KU-MSU will open up at 5 PM.  Come on back and hang out with us!

- Kansas Sports -

Big stage: Jayhawks wary of Spartans, Valentine |

“Very talented. He made first-team All-American preseason,” KU coach Bill Self said of Valentine, who scored 14 points off 5-of-8 shooting (3-of-5 from three) and grabbed seven rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 61-56 victory over the Spartans in the finals of 2014 Orlando Classic. “He can shoot. He can really pass,” Self added.

Getting to know No. 13 Michigan State before the Champions Classic | Smithology |

Self and Izzo, of course, are plenty familiar with each other. Izzo has a 6-5 edge facing Self (1-0 when Self was at Tulsa, 2-3 when Self coached Illinois and 3-2 since Self took over at KU).

Diallo doesn’t make trip, Vick out due to eye injury |

“The competitive integrity of the game is being tested by these cases,” attorney Jackson said in a text to the Journal-World. “When some of the top players in the sport are sitting and watching, the integrity of the game is really being impacted. He will be sitting on Kansas’ campus watching one of the biggest matchups of the year. This is damaging the sport!!!”

Gavin Schilling of Michigan State Spartans to sit out vs. Kansas with turf toe

No. 13 Michigan State will be without junior Gavin Schilling when the Spartans men's basketball team face No. 4 Kansas in Tuesday's Champions Classic, coach Tom Izzo told ESPN on Monday.

Michigan State will rely on Costello, Davis tonight vs. mighty Kansas

"It's the advantage of taking that trip, but Kansas does possess one of the best inside games that I think we'll face all year," coach Tom Izzo said. "They've got depth in there. They've got five or six guys. They've got experience in there with four out of the five guys, and the one that's not, (6-9 freshman Carlton Bragg), is a heck of a player. That's going to be a big challenge for us."

Jayhawks Open Final Homestand with West Virginia

The Kansas football team returns to the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium as the Jayhawks close out the 2015 season with a two-game homestand, beginning with West Virginia, Saturday, Nov. 21.

West Virginia moves to rushing attack |

The Mountaineers rank eighth in the Big 12 in passing offense — one spot behind Kansas — and junior quarterback Skyler Howard ranks just seventh in the conference in pass efficiency. The reason? Holgorsen knows what he has in running back Wendell Smallwood, and he’s not afraid to use him.

Volleyball - Payne Arrives at Fourth Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week Honor

Kansas volleyball sophomore right-side hitter Kelsie Payne earned her third consecutive Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday after leading all conference players in offensive production last week with 5.5 kills per set and 5.8 points per set.

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Big 12 recruiting scorecard: Baylor, Oklahoma getting stars on campus - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas joined Baylor in extending an offer to DT Jeremy Faulk, who could be one of the nation's top juco defensive linemen. The former Florida Atlantic signee earned conference defensive player of the year honors at Garden City Community College after racking up 85 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss.

Arizona's Sean Miller uses press conference to throw shade at UCLA -

"As a young kid, why would you ever want to come to a program or a place where nobody comes to the game?" Miller said late Monday, proving that there's never a bad time to talk to potential recruits. "I mean, that puts a lot of pressure on their recruiting. For us, you come here, you have an opportunity to play in front of 14,500. You've got that pregame introduction. You have the ZonaZoo. It feels like college basketball."

Poll Attacks: One AP voter didn't notice Texas' loss to Washington -

Texas opened the season with a loss to the team picked 11th in the Pac-12. And yet one AP voter is still ranking the Longhorns 20th as if that thing that happened never actually happened.

These 10 Things: Meet Moxie Mayfield, your new football crush -

The kid has moxie! And that's why I'm calling him nothing but Moxie Mayfield from now on. I don't care how annoying of a nickname it is. That's just who he is now. Oh, and if you didn't already know, Mayfield had to walk on at both Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

- Professional Sports -

NBA trying to weaken Nuggets' home-court advantage -

Denver has historically had the best home-court advantage in the league, and the NBA is taking steps to lessen its impact.

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WATCH: DeAndre Hopkins saves field-goal game with one-handed TD -

Though really, this touchdown was all about Hopkins, who needed just one hand to bring down the pass.

WATCH: You won't believe how LIU-Brooklyn beat Loyola (MD) -

However, if you missed it, you missed one heck of an incredible ending. Luckily, we're here to help you out.

WATCH: Runner forced out at home on single to RF in Arizona Fall League -

Yes, that's the ol' 9-2 force out. So technically it wasn't a single, it's a fielder's choice. But c'mon, that's a single with some bad baserunning. I'm not sure if I've ever seen a 9-2 force out before. Saguaros right fielder and Royals prospect Bubba Starling threw home for the force after Rabago's single dunked in. Crazy.